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Legend or Myth of Kumbh Mela

There are two important stories regarding the origin of Kumbh Mela. Both of them are traced back to the Puranas. The most important and widely accepted myth starts in the Bhagavatha Purana. Puranas are filled with wars between Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons). The Devas always have the upper hand but occasionally due to some curse or misdeeds the Devas lose this upper hand. Lord Indra, the king of Devas, was once cursed by Sage Durvasa and as the result of this curse, Demons overpowered the Devas.To find a solution the Devas approached Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advised them to obtain Amrut - ‘the nectar of immortality.’ To obtain the Amrut the Devas should churn the ocean. MandaraMountain agreed to be the churning rod and Vasuki, the serpent agreed, to be the rope. To churn the ocean the Devas needed the help of Asuras as the Devas could only hold one-end of the rope. But Devas was not willing to share the Amrut with Asuras. Finally, without any other choice the Devas agreed to s…

What is Kumbh Mela?

Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a sacred holy pilgrimage in Hinduism and takes place at four holy locations in India – Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. Earlier, it used be a gathering of Holy men and Sadhus to discuss about Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). Today, pilgrims from around the world take part in Kumbh Mela.

Update: - Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015

‘Kumbh’ means pot and ‘Mela’ means fair. (Legend or Myth of Kumbh Mela)
The Kumbh Mela lasts for more than a month and is determined by astrological calculations. Each location – Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar – will have a Mahakumbh Mela or Kumbh Mela once in 12 years.
At Allahabad in the Hindu month of Magha (January-February) - 1989, 2001, 2012, 2024…. At Haridwar in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) - 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022….

At Nasik in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August-September) - 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…

At Ujjain in the Hindu month of Vaisakha (April-May) - 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
During the twelve year cycle, there i…

Who was the first Indian to be the Time’s person of the year?

Time magazine has named ‘You’ the netizen as this year's ‘Person of the Year.’

Reuters reports: "For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time's Person of the Year for 2006 is you," Lev Grossman wrote. So you and I have become the Time’s person of the year. But who was the first Indian to be the Time’s person of the year? In fact he is the lone Indian in that long list which starts in 1927. Yes, it was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1930.From TimesCuriously, it was in a jail that the year's end found the little half-naked brown man whose 1930 mark on world history will undoubtedly loom largest of all. It was exactly twelve months ago that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's Indian National Congress promulgated the Declaration of Indian Independence. It was in March that he marched to the sea to defy Britain's salt tax as some New Englanders once de…

Elephant Laden of Assam Hunted Down

The elephant, named after Osama Bin Laden, was killed on Sunday. It is said to have killed 14 people in the past three years in the Sonitpur District of Assam.
The Hindu reportsDeputyForest Officer Chandan Bora on Sunday said, hunter Dwipen Ram Phukan shot the elephant at Behali Tea Estate in the district with the help of villagers. The tuskless male aged between 45 and 50 years was about ten feet in height. The villagers helped in locating and identifying the elusive rogue, whose footprints confirmed that it was the "most wanted" elephant, Bora said.Hope…they killed the right elephant…No idea how they concluded this was the rogue elephant which was on a killing spree for three years.Earlier: Hunt on for killer elephant Laden in Assam

Champaign County Hindus Want a Permanent Place of Worship

The Hindus of Champaign County, Illinois, are at present holding prayers at the UrbanaCivicCenter. Since it is a temporary space they can’t install idols. So they have identified a farmland on Dewey-Fisher Road (Mattis Avenue), just north of the Thor-O-Bred Acres subdivision in HensleyTownship. They are planning to build a 6,500-square-foot temple with a septic system and leach field just south of the building and a 4,400-square-foot lawn with ornamental plants.But the neighbors of the proposed have several fears including high traffic and pollution. A meeting has been fixed for February 2207 to deal with the worries of neighbors.News-gazette reportsTwo leaders of the new temple, University of Illinois professors Shiv Kapoor and Pallassana R. Balgopal, promise to be good neighbors wherever the HinduTemple is built.Kapoor notes that Hinduism is different from other faiths in that there is no fixed weekly day of worship. Members of the faith visit temple when it is convenient for the…